NAMIBIA: Is Madam Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah the next Head of State?
In 2024, Namibians will be heading to the polls as they elect their next President as, the incumbent President Hage Geingob’s second term comes to an end.
Madam Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah is eyeing to join the former Malawian Head of State, Joice Banda, & Tanzania President in becoming the third female Head of State in Southern Africa.
Madam Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah retained her position as SWAPO’s vice-president, during the SWAPO’s making her the party’s official candidate for the 2024 national presidential election. She garnered 421 votes, while her rivals for the position had 270 and 91 votes respectively.
Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah (NNN) is the Deputy Prime Minister and International Relations Minister. She is married to former Namibian Defence Force Chief, Epaphras Denga Ndaitwah.
The 70 year old, SWAPO leader becomes the first female leader of the Revolutionary party.
She was born on October 1952,she skipped Namibia into exile in 1974 and joined SWAPO in Zambia where she would proceed to work at the party’s HQ in Lusaka from the year 1974-75.
She also obtained her education at Soviet Union.
In 1987 she received a post graduate diploma in Public Administration and Management at the Glasgow College of Technology (UK) and another at Keele University.
She also represented SWAPO party at Dar es Salaam and because the SWAPO central committee in 1976 until 1986 before entering the Sam Nujoma led-government after independence.
She has held several ministeral posts since Independence. In 2019 SWAPO managed to gain 63 seats which were the heights.